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The White House Is Rumored To Restart Family Separations. Here’s What We Know

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The Washington Post reported that the White House is “actively” considering plans to begin separating parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border once again as a ‘deterrent’ method.

There’s no question that this is completely unacceptable and painful news to hear, but it’s important to understand the facts.

The New UN human rights chief announced that Trump’s family separation policy was “unconscionable”.

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Caption: “A mural by Michelle Angela Ortiz detailing family separation at the border and at the Berks County Immigration Detention Center is rankling @senatorscarnati and other GOP leadership, claiming that it’s too political for this election season.”

President Trump is defending his decision to use family separation as a deterrent.

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Trump’s entire platform has been built upon the belief that immigrants from Mexico are “murderers and rapists.” He has defended family separation as a means to deter migrants when he told reporters at the White House, “If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come. You’ve got some really bad people out there.”

More than 2,500 children were taken from their parents in less than six weeks.

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Trump’s goal with a “zero tolerance” immigration policy has been to end what he calls “catch and release,” or what most reasonable people would call common sense.

“Catch and release” allows migrant families to wait for a hearing outside of government run facilities. It allows them to work, create a home, and maybe not traumatize their kids.

Hundreds of still separated children are expected to be adopted by new families.

Many organizations, including the ACLU, are fighting to make sure the administration follows the court’s ruling to reunite the families they tore apart once and for all.

Now, the administration is “revamping” the family separation policy.

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Meaning that while the administration was not even prepared to reunite families by keeping track of family ties, they’re tinkering with a plan that is internationally regarded by the UN as torture.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented the policy and supported it till he left the administration.

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Session has said that the harsh policy is a result of an immigration crisis.

Reports and numbers show that the United States is experiencing record low numbers of border crossings.

U.S. corporations are profiting off detaining migrant families and building new facilities to house them.

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We all know the private prison industry is corrupt. They lobby Republican politicians to get stricter and stricter mandatory sentences on crimes, most often committed by people of color and low-income communities.

Let us tell you how Trump is trying to rebrand this reality:

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Caption: “Trump Official Says Detention Centers For Immigrant Children Is ‘More Like A Summer Camp’”

Stephen Miller, the senior advisor to the president, has pushed for a harder immigration process.

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The Washington Post reports that some senior officials are “concerned about the optics…of renewed separations, Miller and others are determined to act.” Miller’s uncle wrote an op-ed detailing how Miller’s family benefited from immigration laws to come to the U.S.

In reality, the numbers show that family separation didn’t deter crossings.

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You’ll remember that reporters interviewing migrants revealing that they don’t follow Trump on Twitter and were unaware of these policies. They were blindsided at the border when their children we taken from them.

Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl is supporting harsher enforcements.

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Sen. Kyl was appointed to the position when Sen. John McCain died. Since taking the Senate seat, he has broken away from McCain’s beliefs and has pushed for the administration to pass harsher and harsher immigration laws and punishments.

Policy Option No. 1: Expand ICE’s jurisdiction to detain children.

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As in, at these high-level meetings at the White House, officials have proposed new rules that would permit them to withdraw from a 1997 federal court ruling that bans Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining children for longer than 20 days.

Option No. 2: “Binary Choice”

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The Washington Post reports that Trump is most seriously considering detaining asylum-seeking families together for up to 20 days and then giving the parents a choice: stay in family detention as a family for as long as years until their case has closed, or allow the government to take their children to a government shelter or so other relatives can seek custody.

All this news on the heels asylum seekers starting to reach the southern border after walking from Honduras.

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The New York Times reported that mothers were walking up to 20 miles a day with children as young as three months old.

Pictures of viejos walking on crutches, trans women arm in arm carrying a rainbow pride flag and mothers with children on their shoulders have flooded social media.

Now that the midterm elections are over and Democrats control the House of Representatives, Trump has stayed relatively quiet about the asylum seekers.

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Caption: “Mexicans place clothes and shoes out for caravan migrants in Huehuetan. There is still kindness and generosity in the world.”

He spent weeks calling the asylum seekers invaders as he campaign for Republican Congresspeople nationwide.

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He is seized on these images of refugees as a ploy to get Republicans to the polls and even called them a “blessing in disguise”. They are refugees, but Trump has convinced his base that they are dangerous “rapists” and “bad hombres.”

They are people who are legally allowed to come to this country and seek asylum.

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Trump also attempted to scare his base into thinking that terrorists had invaded the group of refugees seeking asylum.

To date, ICE has three “family residential centers,” which can detain up to about 3,000 people.

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So, asylum seekers aside, when Trump deploys a new policy that would once again start family separation, forced or not, corporations benefit.

Activists are fighting harder than ever for the rights fo those peacefully seeking asylum.

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Until every bed is empty. Until there is a new immigration system in place.

Look out for protests near you.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigned and won on the promise of abolishing ICE. Now is time to see if the progressive values that elected so many members to Congress at the midterms can pass.


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It's The 21st Century And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using Social Media To Call Some Things Out

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It’s The 21st Century And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using Social Media To Call Some Things Out

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a household name for every liberal leaning Latino and young progressive. Her simple presence in Congress is breaking records. She’s the youngest person ever elected to Congress and just celebrated her 29th birthday. She refused to take any contributions from corporations and said the average donation amount was $17 from working class people who believe in a representative who refuses to represent corporate values.

Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t even been sworn in yet and she’s giving us all an insight into what it’s like to be a freshman in Congress via Instagram stories and essentially live tweeting the whole process while we all look on.

Social media has become Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ secret weapon in holding the Trump administration accountable and exposing what it looks like from the inside.

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She’s already leading the charge on a Green New Deal which would prioritize climate change as a legitimate threat to the American people. She’s even clapping back at Republicans who post fake news on Twitter.

She’s still the AOC we all fell for–a relatable, accessible, strong woman of the people.

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Her fire has only exploded since being elected. Days after the election she’s hosting protests and storming Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding for climate change justice. She has not taken her victory for granted and is ready to fight for the issues that her constituents are concerned about.

Already, she’s leveling with Trump on why math isn’t relative.

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Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a new report that shows “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums.”

Orientation week for this Congresswoman looks no different than my college orientation.

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Except for that she’s there to make legislation happen for all of us. The effect? Her absolute transparency during the process is raising the bar for all elected officials. No special interests own her, so she’s Instagram polling her followers on policy. This is genius.

She and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar have become fast “partners in justice”.

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Both are probably the most progressive Congresswomen-elect, seeking to erase student debt, challenge the U.S. contribution to climate change and gain Medicare for all during their time in Congress.

The two are undeterred by the chatter from the other side of the aisle as they strategize how to work together.

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Omar is working on a bill that would repeal an outdated law that prohibits headwear in Congress, essentially robbing her of her religious right to wear a hijab. Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has had to clapback at a conservative reporter who tried to discredit her story by pointing out the brand clothing she was sporting.

She swiftly responded, “If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside. If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out.”

Social media is for trolling FOX News.

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Apparently, FOX News had a whole segment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ shoes, during which they both praised and insulted the congresswoman elect. Someone on Twitter pinged Ocasio-Cortez to let her know that a four-person panel discussion on her shoes was going down.

Her response? She was not bothered.

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In June, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a photo of her shoes, worn through the soles to show how the campaign won “bc we out-worked the competition. Period.”

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t white-washing her Latinidad for anyone.

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She’s still saying her sana-sana’s for buena suerte in the Congressional Office lottery. I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I was saying my sana’s right there with her.

Ultimately, Ocasio-Cortez’ social media use is pulling our generation into the democratic process in a way nobody else has done before.

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The beauty is that she doesn’t need to wait to have the House floor to have a platform. With 1.43 million Twitter followers, she’s already just a few hundred thousand followers away from usurping Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are listening to her talk about the colonialism of Puerto Rico.

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That’s right. Ocasio-Cortez has openly called Puerto Rico a “colony” of the United States before her election and she continues to do while baking cookies on Instagram. Her opinion: the root cause of Hurricane Maria’s devastations (besides climate change) must be to give Puerto Rico authentic self-determination.

To this date, the territory’s residents do not have the right to vote in federal elections.

Chipotle chilis and restructuring the prison bail system just go together.

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True story: we’re all shooketh. @sarahephilips tweeted, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making black bean soup on Instagram live and Shaun king asked how a pressure cooker works and AOC is explaining it to him and I’m …. what is happening”

Republicans are attempting to belittle a freshmen Congresswoman but it’s just not working.

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Why? Because Republicans are more interested in inciting and complaining and Ocasio-Cortez is here to “teach & inspire.” Way to turn the administration base policy on its head. Fight fire with water.

Not only is she sharing soup with iconic organizers, she’s clapping back all day.

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When Jim Hanson tweeted, “Things will be much simpler when our Democrat Socialist overlords simply tell us who will live and who will die #DeathPanels rock,” Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in replying:

“Actually, we have for-profit ‘death panels’ now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this ‘socialist’ rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once.”

I mean, girl quoted CARDI B.

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She is us. She isn’t adopting any elitism or entitlement in her new role and is the public servant our generation deserves.

She is reveling in the Trump administration’s alarm at her presence.

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Her strength and defiance in the face of the political pundits trying to demean her is inspiring. She is the role model young Latinos in this country need to know that they can step up and take over the world around them.

She also has no problem questioning the world of politics in the Trump White House, like on climate change.

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Okay, we know she has a lot of questions and in no particular order, but kind of. Ocasio-Cortez is leveling up on prioritizing climate change. Finally. Our generation has arrived in government and because all y’all won’t be around to live through the apocalypse, we’re literally screaming for something to change.

READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

She wants to know why members of Congress get to enjoy such cheap healthcare but regular Americans pay twice as much.

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Healthcare has been a major issue in politics the last few years. Everyone is demanding affordable healthcare but our government has fought against it and tried to take it away when we started getting it. Ocasio-Cortez knows the struggle of trying to afford basic healthcare and she’s ready to fight for better access for all Americans.

There’s also a serious question about the need to send troops and not caseworkers to the border.

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The people coming to the border are seeking asylum, a legal act according to international and federal law. The first step to seek asylum is to arrive to the U.S. border and present yourself. Instead of meeting troops and tear gas, these people need to be confronted with caseworkers ready to help them with their asylum claim.

One thing’s for sure, Ocasio-Cortez is America’s MVP.

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If you haven’t followed her on social media yet, you’re missing out on watching a young Latina powerhouse put conservatives in their place in the most epic, singularly Latina way possible.


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